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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weofher Partly cltudy Unlght through Thursday. tonight 11-15. Highs Thursday 31-34. CITY FINAL 1 5 CENTS VOLUME 92 NUMBER 350 CKDAH RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES HUMAN BOMB AT WHITE HOUSE Cyclone Kills 40; Thousands Left Homeless in Australia SYDNEY (UPI) Tropical Cyclone Tracy struck the city of Darwin Wednesday, inflict- ing heavy casualties and demolishing or seriously damaging much of the city. Thousands of persons were made honeless. Defense Minister Lance Bar- nard said there were at least 40 deaths when the twister hit early Christmas day. "The toll may easily go even a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Organization said. "Hundreds of people have been injured. About 90 percent of the houses in the whole of Darwin have been demolished or seriously damaged. A newsman on the scene said at least half the people in the area were homeless. Five ships were reported aground in Darwin harbor. Officials said plans were be- ing made in Darwin to move residents from the city where the 125-mile-an-hour winds blew off roofs, over- turned cars and littered the streets with rubble. "The hospital in Darwin was evacuated before the cyclone hit the hospital roof was torn a relief official said. "The hospital is now able to operate in only a limited way." "There arc medical and sur- gical teams on their way from other centers in Australia. Australian naval aircraft tomorrow (Thursday) will fly Red Cross personnel and blood supplies from Sydney and Brisbane to he said. The officials also said three navy ships including the Carrier Melbourne would sail Thursday, followed by another three ships later. Australian Broadcasting Commission reporters said several airlines as well as charter operators were being asked to make aircraft availa- ble to fly out residents, mainly women and children. The ABC said it was hoped to evacuate most of the city in the next ten days to reduce the strain on Darwin's demolished power and water resources. Angleton: Agree with Part of Press Story on Illegal Spying Gazette Leased Wires. WASHINGTON James Angleton, the former chief of CIA counterintelligence who resigned Tuesday, has said he agrees with sonic of the charges leveled against the agency. The New York Times said in its Sunday editions that Angle- ton lead an illegal spying operation on dissidents in the U.S. Angleton said Tuesday that he .thinks the report was exaggerated but there was "something to it." "I agree with some of he said. AH New Former CIA Director Richard Helms has denied allegations that the agency conducted the espionage dur- ing his tenure. An official report on the allegations reportedly contains material that is all new to Secretary of State Kissinger. A state department spokes- man issued the denial in Helms' name Tuesday but declined to amplify on it. Helms now is ambassador to Iran. Other sources said the present CIA director, William E. Colby, has given Kissinger a report requested by President Ford on the published allega- tions. Ford and Kissinger spoke Tuesday by telephone about the CIA controversy. The secretary was expected to transmit Colby's report and Helms- 'tatcmcnt to Ford in Vail, Colo., by the next available courier, the sources said. Reached Peak The New York Times reported that some of the domestic operations dated back to the 1950s but that they reached a peak during Richard Nixon's presidency. Helms was CIA director from Iflfifi to 1973. Federal law prohibits the CIA from engaging in domestic intelligence operations. That is the FBI's responsibility. The latest bombshell came Tuesday when a distraught Angleton, said he was quitting after 31 years because "my usefulness has ended" and the agency was getting involved in "police stale" activities. He said he submitted his resignation. A CIA spokesman said Anglelon "retired." Angleton, contacted by telephone at his home in Confessed Plotter In L.A. Scheme Linked to Mafia LOS ANGELES (UPI) An accountant linked by congres- sional investigators with the Mafia has confessed to helping a plot to loot the city treasury of millions of dollars, a court hearing was told Tuesday. Bernard Howard, 52, Yonkers, N.Y., confessed a few hours after he was arrested, district attorney's Investigator Frank Kovacevich testified. Kovacevich appeared at a preliminary hearing for Howard and codefendant Mor- ton Freeman, 47. The hearing concluded with an by Judge Warren Deeriag, binding them over for trial on Id counts of forgery, attempted grand theft and receiving stilen property. Arraignment was scheduled ftr Jai. 7. Howard and Freeman are ac- cused of being part of an alleged Mafia plan to steal million using city treasury checks. Eighteen of the checks, already inked with (he city comptroller's signature, were allegedly stolen last March by a trusted city employe, whose identity investigators have not determined. One of the checks was suc- cessfully passed, using New York and European banks, and was collected at a bank in Amsterdam by a man iden- tified by Interpol as a notorious international swindler. Howard and Morton were arrested Dec. 7 with the aid of a convicted bank swindler and informant for senate organized crime investigators, Michael Raymond. Morton and Howard were arrested when they received from Raymond bags containing what they allegedly believed to be million in cash from the stolen checks, which Raymond had "laun- dered" through foreign banks. Raymond was paid a reward by the city for his aid in breaking the scheme. Raymond testified Ilia! he was told that well known Mafia leaders were behind the plot. Senate investigators have said Howard had been linked in testimony to a top New York Mafia chief. suburban northern Virginia, said: "Look, I haven't slept in three days. I'm in my pajamas now and there's a TV crew outside waiting to see me and the telephone keeps ringing." Asked to spell out reasons for his resignation. Anglelon said slowly: "Son in Vietnam" "Police stale Soviet bloc fragmentation I had a son in the infantry in Vietnam. Went from private to cor- poral." Was the son killed or wound- ed? Angleton said "I think he's okay." He said he thought the Times' disclosures were exaggeraicd but there was "something to it." "i agree with somrof he said. Angleton said he was quit- ting at 57 rather than stay on to retirement age. "I have to leave now." he said. "My usefulness had ended. I do not know what will do." Fire Damages Kress Facility At Quasqueton QUASQUETON Damage could go as high as in a blaze which gutted portions of the Kress Manufacturing Co. a mile north of here Christmas eve. Authorities said Russell Kress, who lives adjacent to his plant in a mobile home, was alerted when his telephone. linked to the factory tele- phones, begun ringing inces- santly about p.m. Tues- day. Kress looked out, saw the glow from (he nio lit his pickup and drove to a neigh- bor's to call and Winlhrop firemen. Firemen battled the blaze several hours, then were called back about a.m. when the flames rekindled. The company, which em- ployes 18 persons, provides custom machine work for (Continued: Page Col. 2) Today's Chuckle If the cost of living keeps going up, taxes will soon be a bargain. iwynmi Gazelle Ptioto by Duane Crock A Season's Greefer One of Santa's helpers made an unexpected stop Tuesday afternoon at Moorman Equipment Co., 5950 Sixth street SW. The firm had suspended a lighted and decorated Christmas tree from a crane for the last several days, which attracted much attention from highway 218 travelers. Company officials hoisted Santa's helper, Dick Rathjens, 6532 Danburn lane NE, high above the tree to wave a Merry Christmas to passing motorists. Food Up; Middlemen Blamed H'iacker ls r Subdued, Jet Lands Safely WASHINGTON (AP) The retail cost of a year's supply of farm-produced groceries has gone up in the last year, with larger middleman shares accounting for all but of the increase, the agriculture department say.s. The department announced on Tuesday that annual food cost for a theoretical family went up in November. The fanner's share {if the annual retail price declined but the middleman's portion rose A lood market basket cost an annual rate of for the theoretical household, up from in October and in November of 1973, officials said. The department said middleman shares of the an- nual cost, which had declined slightly the previous month, increased for most market basket food items in November. Middlemen include food processors, wholesalers and retailers. Officials have predieled re- tail food prices will continue upward at I his year's pace at least through mid-1975, with higher middlemen expenses and increases for some farm products as the cause. Pope Paul Calls Christmas 'Bright Flash1 of Hope VATICAN CITY (AIM Pope Paul VI said Wednesday that Christmas offers "a brighl flash" in a "splendid and tor menled" world marred by conflicts among men and na- tions. Christmas "is a source of happiness and the Roman Catholic Pontiff said in his annual Christmas message delivered at noon to a crowd of more than 30.000 gathered in SI. Peter's square. "We must imprint on our minds this blessed moment revealing the religious anil existential truth of our life, a moment which, like a bright flash, enables us to see the panorama of the true hunum the I'npc declared. The Pope said people to- day are "the pupils a so- called net-humanistic society that sot up in rigid institu- tionalized formulas conflicts of nations, races, classes and personal interests." The 77-year-old Pontiff looked tired. An hour earlier he celebrated Mass in St. Peter's basilica. And just before mid- night on Christmas eve, in ceremonies televised to -15 na- tions, he inaugurated the 1975 Holy Year anil dedicated it to spiritual renewal and recon- ciliation both within the Unman Catholic Church and among all men. In a homily during the mid night Mass that followed, Mir Pope asked Konian Catholics to "conic, united in heart and soul, to celebrate together Mir jubilee of renewal and recon- ciliation." He also extended the invitation "to the wide circles of non-Christian mankind. In another economic development, the labor depart- ment said there was an increase of 0.3 percent during the week ended Dec. 7 over the previous week in the number of persons claiming unem- ployment benefits. Thirty-eight stales posted longer jobless benefit rolls and the over-all increase was persons. The increase brought the jobless rate for those covered by unemployment insurance to or about persons. A year earlier thai rule was 28 percent, or persons. The current national unemployment rate for ail persons is around li.5 IHTccnt and totals about six million persons. That's Texas For You HOUSTON (AP) Goodwill Industries, which employs physically handicapped per- sons to repair items dropped in collection boxes around the city, says it finds some very odd things in those boxes. Hick Moore, a Goodwill spokesman, said Tuesday that during the Christmas season Ibis year, these items were found in collection boxes: Four 20-fool-lall artificial Christmas trees, a skin divers suit, a complete electronic security system, a mink slide and a motorcycle. HOME (AP) A passenger on an Air India jumbo jet bolt- ed into the cockpit (luring a flight from Beirut to Home and commandeered the plane for more than two hours before the crew finally subdued him, air- port police reported. The Boeing 747, flying Air India's flight 105 from New Delhi with about 140 persons aboard, landed safely at Home's Fiumicino airport. .Josef llomolov, 31, a Czech- Canadian, was turned over In Italian police following the in- cident. "At first lie grabbed a flash- light and held it above my the captain of the plane. A. M. Kapur, said. "Then he pulled a small pocket knife and began to fool around with instruments. He wanted to crash the plane. Taking ad- vantage of his brief distraction, the co-pilot and the flight en- gineer jumped on him." The captain said the man made no specific request except thai he wauled the plane to proceed to Koine it hiid til-en scheduled tu land in Home anyway and that lie didn't believe it was Koine when the plane cii.'lcd over the city. llomolov convinced he was over Koine only after SIT- ing the donir of St Peter's basilica, police said. llomolov told the crew he had carried a bomb on board bill none was found following the landing. Crashes in With Car, Tells Threat BULLETIN WASHINGTON (AP) A man dressed in Arab grab and apparently wired to an explosive device surrendered to police after about four hours, the secret service said. WASHINGTON (UPI) A man dressed in an Arab headdress and warning his body was wired with a homb crashed through the White House gate in a car early Christinas morning and threa- tened to blow himself up in the driveway just a few feet from the North Portico. City police said the man told them he had wired himself with a bomb which would go off if they tried to apprehend him. The mull idiMiiiiictl by tlu: secret service as Marshall Fields, jr., son of a U.S. state department employe left the automobile and began talking to heavily armed guards through a Arab language in- provided by the FBI. A woman said to be his mother also was talking to him. Chief Earl Dresner, head of the White House Executive Protection Service, said the man had made no demands, lie still was talking to authorities three and a half hours after the brcakin. President Ford and his family were on a .skiing vaca- lion in Vail, Colo. Wire Wrapped The man subsequently removed (wo IURRUKC bans from the car and placed them on the ground. A wire wrapped around his leg was connected to the bags. He held his black- gloved hands away from his body as if to indicate he was making no immediate move. The ear was surrounded. Police cordoned off the area within a block of the White House but from nearby Lafayette park, across the street, reporters and pho- tographers could see the drama unfolding. "There is a definite said secret service Agent William Hawthorne. A bomb squad was immediately called to the scene and police blocked off traffic within a two-block area of the White House. Crashed Through The man stopped his car near the North Portico about lilll) feet inside the fence after crashing through the north- west gate on Pennsylvania avenue at a.m. CST. A secret service spokesman said: "It's ii standoff right now." There was no indication what the man wanted, the secret service said. About 8 a.m. a police car drove up with a woman inside. A police inspector said the woman was the man's mother. The inspector said the man used bolh American and Arabic names. There was no further identification. Itucklrd Under The heavily guarded irun gates were closed when the man rammed his automobile through them. The secret ser- vice said the gate buckled under the impact. The au- tomobile did not appear to be damaged severely. Its motor still was running hours later. The secret service said (he man was dressed in Arab (Continued: Page H, i.oi. Today's Index Comics 141) Crossword Ill) Dally Hecord JA Deaths 1A Editorial Features SA, 7A Farm 1711 Financial 151) Marlon I8U Movies 71) state Television Waal Ads HI)   

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